Brampford Speke

Exeter, Devon
Brampford Speke-photo supplied by Sue Satchell


This site is an ideal and very pleasant location to see views of the River Exe as it snakes its way through the Exe Valley, and well demonstrates how a typical meandering river can effect the development of a floodplain. Here, processes of erosion and deposition are causing the River Exe to cut through the local Permian sandstones.

The river is eroding the banks on the outside bends of the meanders. On the inside bends the river has less force and so deposits sediment, particularly heavier materials such as gravel. By this action the river migrates and lays down a layer of mainly gravely sediment behind it. At times of very high flow the river spills over its banks and spreads over the floodplain depositing sand and loam over the coarser sediments left by the meandering channel.

There is limited parking for cars and minibuses in Brampford Speke Village. Toilets and refreshments are available in The Exe Valley Tea Shop on Chapel Road in Brampford Speke. School parties are welcome by arrangement, please contact Sue Satchell on 01392 841785.



Road Directions

This area can be reached by taking the A377 north from Exeter in the direction of Crediton and following a minor road to the village of Brampford Speke.

Public Transport Directions

Foot: The Exe Valley Way leads across the site and a public footpath leads on to Stoke Canon. Bus: There are a few buses each day from Exeter.


Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Outdoor Attraction

Opening Times

All year (1 Jan 2020 - 1 Jan 2021)

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